Buffalo, NY - Canisius College Director of Athletics Timothy J. Dillon announced that the school has hired Mike McRae as the new head coach of its baseball program.
McRae, the 2003 MAAC Coach of the Year, comes to Canisius from Niagara University where he led the Purple Eagles to back-to-back MAAC playoff appearances. He compiled a 65-86 overall record (.430 winning percentage) and a 41-36 (.532) MAAC mark.
McRae set a school record for wins with 26 in 2003 and topped the mark with 27 last season. His 2004 squad finished second in the league, while his 2003 team was third. He coached Josh McCurdy, the 2003 MAAC player of the Year, and recruited James Avery, the 2003 MAAC Rookie of the Year.
"I am very much going to miss the players at Niagara University and the chance they have to be successful next year," McRae said, "but I am more excited about the commitment Tim Dillon and Canisius College have made to their baseball program. I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach at Canisius."
McRae began his career by becoming the first head coach at Brock University. From there, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native joined Niagara's staff as a hitting instructor in 1996-97 before moving to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., from 1997-98. From 1998-2001, McRae served as an assistant coach at Maine, where he was responsible for the 12-man pitching staff.
"We are extremely pleased to have Mike on board at Canisius College," Dillon said. "He has demonstrated that he can build a winning program in this area over the last three years, and I know he can do the same at Canisius. This is a very exciting time for our baseball program."
McRae was a four-year letterwinner at Colby College and captained the 1991 team. He also lettered as a goalie on the Colby College hockey team. McRae earned his undergraduate degree from Colby in 1991 and his master?™s degree in education from Niagara in 1993.
McRae takes over a program that has won 12 games in the last three seasons. The Golden Griffins return 22 letterwinners and seven starters to the 2005 team.